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David Downs directs news and lifestyle coverage as the California Bureau Chief for He's written for WIRED, Rolling Stone and Billboard, and is the former cannabis editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as the author of several cannabis books including 'Marijuana Harvest' by Ed Rosenthal and David Downs. He co-hosts The Hash podcast. TW: @davidrdowns | IG @daviddowns

Articles contributed to Leafly

New California Bill Would Override Local Bans on Cannabis Stores

An unprecedented bill would triple the number of retail outlets to over 2,200.

David Downs - May 15, 2019

North Dakota Stops Arresting Folks for a Little Cannabis—Finally

Half of all drug arrests in the Roughrider State in 2016 were for marijuana.

David Downs - May 9, 2019

Expungement Efforts Surge on 4/20 With Ben & Jerry’s, Code for America

A pint of Half-Baked and 4.2% to charity with every order? We'll take two!

David Downs - April 19, 2019

Carl’s Jr.’s First CBD Burger Hits on 4/20 in Denver

The $4.20 cheeseburger includes two beef patties, topped with pickled jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, fries, and a CBD-infused “Santa Fe sauce” with 5 milligrams of CBD.

David Downs - April 17, 2019

The Best 4/20 Events in America 2019

Snoop Dogg, the Marley Family, Bone Thugz, and more — Leafly presents 2019's ultimate 4/20 events calendar, and it’s lit.

David Downs - April 9, 2019

This One Chart Captures California’s Cannabis Supply Crunch

April has turned into one nail-biter of a month for California’s legal cannabis industry.

David Downs - April 3, 2019